Light wells puncture the green roof of this minimalist family house in Gloucestershire, England, turning it into a natural extension of the verdant landscape. The restrained look of the concrete Outhouse by Loyn & Co Architects is paired with the owners' own art and furniture, creating an element of domesticity and refinement to the coarse materials.
The house is organized so that the studio and working spaces are separated from the living area, taking up the uphill side of the building. Its main circulation route runs perpendicular to the site slope, with a beautifully designed modernist entrance flanked by a concrete pavilion. A simple open stairwell runs through the rectangular puncture in the roof surface.
Since the clients, both artists, wanted a live-work arrangement for their home, the architects decided to apply the inside-outside concept to their design. They also used the footprint of the existing buildings as guiding principles, resulting in gentle continuity with the landscape.
Photos by Charles Hosea